Archeologia e Calcolatori Archeologia e Calcolatori
National Research Council Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico
Dipartimento Scienze Umane e Sociali, Patrimonio Culturale
Journal

Journal established by: Mauro Cristofani and Riccardo Francovich
Editor: Paola Moscati

Authors Barceló, J.A. -
Title Archaeological thinking: between space and time
Volume Archeologia e Calcolatori n. XIII - 2002
In Djindjian F., Moscati P. (eds.) XIV UISPP Congress (Ličge - Belgium 2001). Proceedings of Commission IV Symposia. Data Management and Mathematical Methods in Archaeology
Pages pp. 237-257
URL http://www.archcalc.cnr.it/indice/PDF13/17Barcelo.pdf
Publisher Edizioni All'Insegna del Giglio
Subject History of applications and research projects
Subject Theoretical and methodological problems
Abstract The archaeological record can be described using a relevant observable feature: location. Shape, size and other properties vary from one location to another, and sometimes this variation has some appearance of continuity, which should be understood as variation between social actions due to neighbourhood relationships. Time and space are not different ways of considering the nature of archaeological locations. Consequently, “locations” can only be understood in functional terms, that is, according to what is performed at each place at each moment. In this paper, the objective is to analyse where, when and why a social action varies from one location (temporal-spatial) to another. Some mathematical techniques are presented to calculate the probability of social actions at specific locations, based on the spatial properties of archaeological data. These techniques are used as a representation language for studying the concepts of accumulation and attraction, which allow the study of social space in dynamic terms.
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